On Five Spanish Songs Destroyer trades the pastel-hued soft-rock of ‘Kaputt’ for burnished acoustic guitar jams

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Destroyer - 'Five Spanish Songs' EP

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Destroyer – ‘Five Spanish Songs’ EP

“The English language seemed spent, despicable, not easily singable,” Destroyer’s Dan Bejar said when he announced ‘Five Spanish Songs’, an EP of cuts written by Antonio Luque of Seville band Sr Chinarro. Bejar has a wondrous lyrical facility that it’d be a shame for him to forsake – but he’s also possessed of a beguiling, breezy touch that acts as a musical lingua franca here. These five songs trade the pastel-hued soft-rock of ‘Kaputt’ for burnished acoustic guitar jams: ‘Babieca’ whirls on frantic hand percussion; the dry jauntiness of ‘Del Monton’ feels made to soundtrack a Richard Linklater film; and ‘El Rito’ makes Primal Scream’s ‘Rocks’ into something good-natured and communal.

Laura Snapes

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Record label:Dead Oceans